Tortured pitcher Carlos Silva, trying to come back from shoulder problems - and mound issues - threw 53 pitches in a pre-game bullpen session today.
"I threw six changeups, two sliders and a lot of fastballs," Silva said. "I felt great."
If that's not enough, listen to pitching coach Rick Adair: "His command today was better than it was before he went on the disabled list, it was the best I've seen from him all year.
"He was down in the strike zone, working both sides of the plate. He looked great."Silva will throw another bullpen session Saturday in Cleveland, then perhaps a simulated game at Safeco Field
And then?"With what's left of the minor league schedule, we might be able to get him out on assignment for one or two innings," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He wants to get back in games this year, we want to give him the chance, whether it's as a starting pitcher or a reliever."
Silva was nervous today. Why?"I was a little tight when I started throwing, but I loosened up before I got on the mound," he said. "The more I've thrown, the better I've felt - but the slider still makes me nervous. I hadn't thrown one until today, and I only threw two today.
"That's the pitch that hurt my shoulder in the first place, so I was cautious, but today it felt fine."